Obituaries

     
    Jack A. Burke
A memorial service for Jack A. Burke, 78, Mabank, was held Jan. 12, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mabank with Dr. Ron Holloman officiating under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Burke was born May 21, 1928, in Cisco and died Jan. 6, 2007, in Dallas following an extended battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents J. Afton and Isabel Burke, and his first wife Helen Wills Burke.
He was a petro physicist and retired from Atlantic Richfield. Previously of Dallas, he had lived in Mabank for the past seven years and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
He grew up in Corsicana, attended Corsicana High School and received his bachelorís degree from Texas Tech University. He went through the management development program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business.
He was a pioneer in the field of computer analysis of oil and gas electrical well logs. He developed early uses for computers to analyze the information already being collected at gas and oil well heads. It helped find oil more cheaply, reduce the risk of drilling and enhance targets.
He plied his skills as a petroleum engineer, leading the work in major reservoir studies and computer petrophysical analysis.
In the mid-1980s, he was a consultant for such companies as ARCO and British Petroleum, guiding their exploration work.
Survivors include his wife Pam Burke, Mabank; daughters Kathryn Zack and husband Pete, Corsicana, and Susan Burke, Amarillo; stepson John R. Wood and wife Denise, Point; stepdaughters Melissa K. Haldeman and husband Britton, Mabank, and Bonnie Karstedt and husband John, Round Top; grandchildren Peter Thomas and Stephen Burke Zack, both of Corsicana; Lauren Haldeman, Mabank; and Madelyn Karstedt, Round Top.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of their choice or the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Cathy D. Marshall
Services for Cathy D. Marshall, 48, Gun Barrel City, were held Jan. 11, 2007, at the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Mickey Loftis officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Marshall was born July 10, 1958, in Freeport and died Jan. 8, 2007, in Athens.
She was a homemaker and had lived in Gun Barrel City for the past seven years and was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Mabank.
Survivors include her son Andrew Thomas Russell, Freeport; daughter Heather Loraine Wingard, Freeport; parents Charles and Winelle Marshall, Gun Barrel City; brother Charles L. Marshall, Missouri City; sisters Connie Wood, Gun Barrel City; Carol Whitehead, Crandall; and Brenda Henson, Friendswood; grandchildren Aaron Wingard, Noah Wingard, Samuel Wingard and Connie Russell, all of Freeport.

Michele West
Services for Michele LeAnn West, 42, Malakoff, were held Jan. 12, 2007, at Cooper Funeral Home Chapel in Athens.
West was born Feb. 1, 1964, in Casper, Wyo., and died Jan. 7, 2007, in Athens. She was preceded in death by her father Everett West.
She moved to Texas in 1978, and graduated from Trinity Valley Community College in 2003. She was a teacherís aide at Azleway Pine Mountain Campus of Palestine Independent School District.
Survivors include her daughters Holly Shumate, Athens; and Crista Mayes, Payne Springs; mother and stepfather Verna and Lee Odom, Athens; sisters Darla Booth, Casper, Wyo.; and Loretta Bandy, Athens; one grandson; and other relatives.